August 9, 2009

Lessons Learned from Rocks

In setting a new flagstone pathway, we have learned a lot. We've learned about ourselves, the world, and rocks. So, what lessons have we learned from rocks?

  • That rocks come in all sizes and shapes, and are good for different purposes. Use the right rock for the right job.

  • Color differences are good. Variation makes things interesting.

  • Kids need more time and attention that rocks. Rocks don't care if they set out overnight, or over a few weeks. Kids still need lunch on time and a cuddle when they feel neglected. Get your priorities straight.

  • Keep the long term path in perspective. It's easy to get wrapped up in the placement of one stone, when what really matters is the overall effect.

  • Some are easier to set than others. Just like in life, some goals are easier to achieve, some skills are easier to learn and some things are just more fun. The hard rocks need to be set just as much as the easy ones.

  • Hard work is much more fun and tolerable when you do it with a friend. Time goes faster too.

  • Things can always be re-done. If you have to go back and re-set something, or re-do part of the path, just do it. It will only get worse by putting it off.

  • Use your level. It makes a difference as to the proper placement of stones and weather people will be able to navigate your path easily when you are done.

  • Short cuts can be helpful, if you know what you are doing. Sometimes things just have to be done the good-old fashioned hard way, but if someone can teach you something new that works just as well, thank them for it.

  • Listen to advice. If someones shares knowledge, like that rock is too big and will be too hard to set, listen to them. They have already tried. On the other hand...

  • Be persistent. Sometimes the big rocks are worth the extra effort.

1 comment:

Our Deli-Sub said...

It is turning out so nice! DB saw the pictures and asked "where is that?" When I told him it was your back yard he was really surprised. You two are so ambitious! I get tired thinking about it.